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Public Input Session for Enterprise Zone Boundary Adjustments

Apr 04, 2018

The Economic Development Authority (EDA) is hosting a public input session on Monday, April 16 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm to solicit public feedback on potential boundary amendments to the Winchester Enterprise Zone. The input session will be held in the Rouss City Hall Council Chambers located at 15 N. Cameron Street. City staff will be taking recommendations for possible property additions to the program and will be considering which properties to delete from the program.

City urges residents to not give directly to panhandlers

Mar 29, 2018

The City of Winchester has experienced an increase in concerns from the community over individuals panhandling in the city. Panhandling isn’t illegal; however, the City encourages residents and businesses to not give money directly to panhandlers.

Annual hydrant flushing program begins Monday

Mar 22, 2018

Beginning Monday, March 26, and continuing through October (weather permitting), the City’s Utilities Division will be testing and flushing all of Winchester’s 1,200 fire hydrants as part of an annual maintenance program.  The process of periodically “flushing” fire hydrants is an important preventive maintenance activity and is necessary to maintain a high quality and reliable water system.  It is also helps make sure the fire hydrants are fully operational in the event of a fire.

Closings for March 21

Mar 21, 2018

Due to inclement weather, the following are closed/canceled today:

  • All City of Winchester local government administrative offices
  • Jim Barnett Park Recreation Center
  • WinTran (public transit buses will not be running)
  • All refuse, recycling and yard waste collection services
  • Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center

Fire Marshal reminds the public to change clocks, change smoke detector batteries

Mar 07, 2018

Daylight Savings Time begins March 11, and Winchester Fire and Rescue (WFRD) reminds community members to replace the batteries in each smoke detector in their home when they change their clocks.

The most commonly cited cause of non-working smoke alarms is missing or worn batteries. Ensuring that your smoke alarm is in working order is one way to reduce the number of home fire fatalities and reap the benefits the devices were designed to provide. 

City Manager declares State of Emergency

Mar 02, 2018

City Manager Eden Freeman has declared a State of Emergency for the city following a statewide declaration by Governor Northam at 5:28 pm today. 

"Given the amount of damage to City property, the number of downed trees and limbs, and potential impacts to residents for damage on their property, I declared a state of emergency for the City at 6:45 pm,” stated Ms. Freeman. "This will allow us to be eligible for federal and state aid should the damage threshold be reached for the state.”